The five-star cornerback loved Georgia. He enjoyed everything about his official visit to Athens this past weekend. But once he returned home and really thought about it, he knew that Baton Rouge was where he wanted to spend his college career.
“It feels like a home away from home,” Jackson said Wednesday after announcing his decision during a ceremony at his high school. “We can make big things happen with these guys. Why not stay home and help your state win a national championship?”
Jackson began receiving interest from just about every major program in the country during the spring of his junior year. But LSU and Georgia were the two schools that quickly rose to the top.
Jackson has a Georgia alumnus on his Riverdale coaching staff, and Bulldog defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt built a strong relationship with Jackson to help lure him to Athens. But so did LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson, who had a message for Jackson early in his recruitment.
“He told me that he always gets his guys,” Jackson said. “And I’m just so happy to be one of his guys, another one that he got.”
Now it’s mission accomplished for Wilson and the rest of the LSU coaches as they convinced Jackson — the state’s No. 1 prospect — to suit up for the Tigers. Wilson, Les Miles and Corey Raymond were all in the building Wednesday, and all three knew which school he’d choose.
Jackson informed the coaches during an in-home visit Wednesday morning.
“They were ecstatic,” Miles said. “Coach Miles gave me a big talk. He just told me that they can’t wait to have me. We’re going to get the national title next year.”
Like every five-star recruit, Jackson’s just happy to have this decision behind him. He admits that it was much harder choice than people may think. He gave real thought to leaving Louisiana.
But he opted to stay home, and he’s just ready for the next step.
“I’m very relieved,” Jackson said. “It’s a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. I can concentrate more on my schoolwork, finishing off my senior year and focusing more on my college career.”
Jackson will take his official visit to LSU this coming weekend, an opportunity to let his commitment really sink in. He’ll make the trip with close friends Tyron Johnson and Xavier Lewis and spend 48 hours around his new family.
Most expect Jackson to be the next in that long line of elite defensive backs to come from LSU. He has full confidence that he can live up to those expectations.
“It’s DBU, and I’m a five-star DB,” Jackson said, “so I guess I’ll fit right in.”